Social Psych (4-28-09)

Social Psych (4-28-09) - Abie Feuerstein April 28, 2009...

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Abie Feuerstein April 28, 2009 Social psych Factors Affecting Initial Attraction Familiarity o Mere exposure o Proximity (coming into close contact with individuals, includes interaction) Reciprocity (I do something for you and you do something for me) o We tend to like those who like us Physical attractiveness o Best predictor of initial attraction o Even infants prefer attractive faces o Evolutionary explanation Attractive features suggest a good breeding partner (symmetry) Factors Affecting Long–Term Attraction This suggests we all seek out the most attractive partner possible for long–term relationships o But the strongest determinant of long–term attraction is similarity Similarity Matching hypothesis o We tend to choose mates who are similar in attractiveness Marketplace theory o If there’s a discrepancy in attractiveness, other factors must compensate E.g. status and power Other types of similarity found in long–term relationships o Activity similarity (spending your time the same way) o Demographic similarity (race, ethnicity, where your born, age) o Attitudinal similarity (conservatives don’t usually get together with liberals)
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